Things To Do in Southern Oregon

Southern Oregon is full of breathtaking natural phenomena, fine wines and culinary delicacies, and award-winning culture. Take a gorgeous drive along the coast or stroll through a quaint historic downtown. There are endless possibilities for activities in the region.

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Seek Out Our Covered Bridges

There are 11 covered bridges in Southern Oregon. Get out and explore these landmarks and enjoy the Southern Oregon countryside at the same time.

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48 Hours for Kids in Klamath Falls

Klamath Falls is best known, perhaps, as a gateway to Crater Lake National Park — and yes, you must go during your stay — but this town has much more going for it than an easy commute to one of the world’s most scenic lakes. It’s also on the migration path of hundreds of bird species, everything from magnificent bald eagles to waterfowl. Ready to make a family weekend of it? Here’s how.

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Celebrate birdwatching in the Klamath Basin

Klamath County, home of Crater Lake National Park, and is located smack dab in the middle of the largest migratory bird route in the West. One topnotch to-do event each year is the Winter Wings Festival, where birdwatchers see the largest wintering population of bald eagles in the lower 48 states.

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Winter Recreation

The snow is falling and it’s time to grab your gear and get outside. Whether you like speed, scenery or simply silence, there’s plenty to do here each winter. Here's some recreation information about downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country or Nordic skiing, snowshoe access at Crater Lake and throughout Southern Oregon.

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5 Must-See Waterfalls

On top of the sheer beauty and accessibility, this region is extra special for visitors because it’s less traveled than other popular waterfall destinations. That’s especially the case in the fall, when the savvy waterfall hunter just might feel like they’ve stumbled onto their own little piece of paradise. Here are 5 must-see waterfalls along the Rogue and Umpqua Rivers.

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Fall Family Retreats in Ashland

When the fall crush of homework, soccer, carpools and daylight savings becomes too punishing, sometimes there’s only one thing to do: Find a long weekend and pile into the van for a mini family retreat. Often, a good car ride together is the best way to reconnect.

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Things to do at Crater Lake

Crater Lake, high in the Cascade Mountains range, is Oregon’s shimmering blue gem. It’s a must-see landmark during any trip to Southern Oregon.

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Enjoy Crater Lake’s 'backyard'

The Upper Klamath Canoe Trail is easy to access and even easier to navigate. Photo by Carla Shryock

Crater Lake National Park is Oregon’s most beautiful destination. But don’t think it’s time to head home once you leave. There’s plenty to do and see in northern Klamath County, an area local residents like to call “Crater Lake’s backyard.” Here are some ideas on how to maximize your visit.

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Explore Crater Lake by bike

At Ride the Rim in September, cyclists, runners and hikers get to enjoy the pristine beauty of Crater Lake National Park’s East Rim Drive without vehicle traffic. Photo by Tyler Roemer

When the summer crowds and intense heat fade but the sunshine remains, the air is crisp and the light golden. Late September is a magical time in Oregon’s parks — the perfect time for a joyride on two wheels at either of two organized events: Crater Lake’s Ride the Rim event, and National Bike Your Park Day.

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Winter fishing on the South Coast

Winter-run steelhead are the main attraction because of their size and extremely hard fight.Photo courtesy Wild Rivers Fishing

Oregon’s South Coast is home to some of the best fishing in the West. Hear from an expert why the Chetco, Elk and Sixes rivers offer unique winter fishing experiences.

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